Wigan, Sheffield United and West Ham still have a juicy conspiracy plot on the horizon to determine their season, but no such plan to save Charlton’s status in the Premiership since, well, they’re down already.
Charlton Chairman Peter Varney has a few ideas as to where it all went wrong,
“It is natural some will seek to apportion blame for our poor season,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“At the start of the campaign Richard Murray and his fellow directors invested some Â£11million in new players, much from their own personal resources.
“With that level of investment they should reasonably have expected another comfortable mid-table finish.
“Having had the same manager for 15 years, we would not have imagined we would then have three in one season.”
A good strategy to stay up is to fill your squad with experienced Premiership players who can help steady the ship, but spending 11 million on Souleymane Diawara, Djimi Traore, Amdy Faye was almost certainly Dowie’s downfall. Spending any money at all on Djimi Traore for a club that can’t really afford massive defensive blunders ever other match was especially glaring.
Then again, it could just be the board covering their bums for appointing Les “I can do it, honest!” Reed rather hastily and generally panicking like a bunch of teenage girls when trying to cope with a Curbishley-less world.